Course Schedule

We are now accepting applications for our summer 2023 courses via myRBS. Before heading to myRBS, please read the instructions found on the Course Application page. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions, please submit your application(s) before 20 February.

Have a question about your application? The best way to get in touch with us is to email or to use the request form in our myRBS application system! Both strategies ensure that our Programs team, which fields all course-related questions, can help you directly.

Rare Book School is offering both in-person and online courses in 2023. The letter “v” in the Course ID number indicates a course that will be offered virtually. Clicking on the course title below will provide you with more information about the course length, format, cost, and content.

Summer courses will be held at the University of Virginia in the Rotunda complex and adjacent buildings; the American Antiquarian Society; the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University; the Firestone Library at Princeton University; the Free Library of Philadelphia; the Grolier Club; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania; the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington; the New York Public Library; the Oak Spring Garden Foundation Library; and the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The online courses meet synchronously over five consecutive days. Participants are expected to attend all sessions of a course, either in-person or online, in order to complete the course and receive a certificate of completion.

It is not possible to take more than one RBS course in the same week.

For more specific information about your course’s itinerary and accommodation options, please consult the applicable Information Guide for your course’s city.

Please note: RBS course dates for courses that meet in person include the Sunday preceding each five-day course. Students should make their travel plans to enable their attendance at the Sunday evening registration for in-person courses. 

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Certificates of Proficiency

RBS-awarded scholarships and fellowships may be redeemed for in-person or online courses. A single scholarship or fellowship award may be redeemed for one in-person course, one 22-hour virtual course, or two 12-hour virtual courses within the same year (partial awards may not be carried over to second year). For more information, please contact or your RBS-awarded scholarship or fellowship administrator directly.

The online courses also count toward RBS Certificates of Proficiency.

More Information

After the 28 August first-round application deadline, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all courses have filled, but many of the courses will have already filled in the first round of decisions. If you have questions about the course offerings, please email See the Course Application page for details of the application process. For information on this year’s tuition, as well as other related costs, please either visit the Program Costs page or click into an individual course’s description page below. For general information about RBS, consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.

A PDF version of the 2023 summer course schedule is available for download here. For course schedules from previous years, see the drop-down menu at the bottom of this page.

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Fall 2023

Previous Year Schedules